NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Marlene L. Sanders

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Marlene Sanders Marlene L. Sanders is the associate director for State Government Affairs and Policy for Merck & Co. She works in the southeast where she leads state government lobbying, engagement and outreach for the company in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and North Carolina. She most recently served as Chairman of the Legislative Task Force for PhRMA, The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer’s Association in Tennessee where she led the biopharmaceutical industry’s efforts at the legislature. Marlene has called Nashville her home since 1993. In that time, as she developed her career in state government and politics, she also volunteered, supported and served on the boards [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Cory Beal, Sr.

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Cory Beal Cory​ ​Beal,​ ​Sr.​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Founder​ ​and​ ​CEO​ ​of​ ​Rekindled​ ​Dreams,​ ​an​ ​organization​ ​that’s​ ​committed to​ ​providing​ ​enlightenment​ ​to​ ​what​ ​many​ ​consider​ ​a​ ​bleak​ ​future​ ​for​ ​young​ ​adults​ ​within​ ​the African​ ​American​ ​community.​ ​​ ​Cory’s​ ​motivation​ ​for​ ​starting​ ​the​ ​organization​ ​comes​ ​from​ ​his experiences​ ​growing​ ​up​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Black​ ​male​ ​in​ ​the​ ​challenging​ ​neighborhoods​ ​of​ ​Chicago,​ ​IL.​ ​​ ​Cory was​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​city’s​ ​top​ ​athletes,​ ​yet​ ​devoid​ ​of​ ​any​ ​true​ ​leadership,​ ​Cory​ ​did​ ​not​ ​maximize​ ​his athletic​ ​opportunities.​ ​​ ​And​ ​those​ ​missed​ ​opportunities​ ​have​ ​motivated​ ​him​ ​to​ ​always​ ​have​ ​an everlasting​ ​connection​ ​and​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​his​ ​children. As​ ​a​ [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Brian Sexton

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Brian Sexton Brian Sexton is an Arts and Affordable Housing advocate, loving husband and proud father of two beautiful girls. As a Tennessee State University alum and co-owner of SpreadLuv.com, Brian enjoys empowering Creatives through the fusion of art, music and live events. His passion and love for Creatives propelled him along with fellow SpreadLuv co-owner Lonnell Matthews, to generate funds for local non-profits that assists youth in the area of Arts & Entertainment. Brian is also founder and chair of Creatives' Day, a local nonprofit organization that connects Creatives to Entrepreneurship tools, Financial Literacy tools and Affordable Housing resources. Their annual Creatives Day celebration [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Monchiere’ Holmes-Jones

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Monchiere Holmes-Jones Monchiere’ Holmes-Jones is the Chief Brand Curator of MOJO Marketing + PR, a results-driven marketing professional seeking to energize brands of corporate marketing teams, small businesses, and women business owners across the South. Her dynamic 14 year career in marketing, pr, and brand campaigns consists of: innovative brand experiences, corporate marketing campaigns and campaign management, media planning, strategy, brand building and launches, event activation, community relations, strategic partnerships, and public relations experience. Specifically, in major industries like automotive, gaming, healthcare, higher education, tech, quick service restaurants. Her body of work and current clientele includes a range of big brands such as Hiller Plumbing [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Council Member Jacobia Dowell

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Jacobia Dowell Jacobia Dowell is a second term elected Metro Councilmember representing District 32 of Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County. She represents the fastest growing area in Nashville. District 32 includes the former Hickory Hollow Mall business district and spans across both the suburban Antioch as well as the rural Cane Ridge community. As Councilmember, Jacobia has chaired and served on many committees including Codes, Fair and Farmer’s Market, Budget and Finance, Public Safety, Convention, Tourism and Public Entertainment Facilities and the Metro Nashville Audit Committee. Jacobia has advocated for improved education, safety, infrastructure and economic development in Nashville. She has championed the redevelopment of the [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Chef Batts

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Chef Keith Batts Keith Batts, professionally known as Chef Batts, was born in Nashville, TN. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Chef Batts, LLC, Keith has branded himself as the front-runner of the new millennium chef. After receiving his Bachelors degree in Business Management from Tennessee State University, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a chef. In pursuit, Charlotte, NC is where Keith went next. In Charlotte, he received his culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University with magna cum laude honors. Upon graduation Keith returned home for an internship with Tomkats Catering. While on the Tomkats team, he traveled to [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Kerry Schrader & Ashlee Ammons

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Kerry Schrader Ashlee Ammons Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons are a dynamic minority Mother/Daughter duo, who are in the new wave of entrepreneurs who are re-imagining daily life, creating services that make work and play simpler, better and more satisfying. Without formal tech backgrounds, they’ve been blazing trails in the male-dominated tech startup space with their company, Mixtroz which makes networking experiences more valuable. Following remarkable progress in 2017, Team Mixtroz kicks off 2018 with a bang joining the 2nd Cohort of Birmingham, Alabama’s prestigious Velocity Accelerator and starring on an episode of A&E’s New Investment Series “Rooster & Butch”. Kerry Schrader, Cofounder/CEO of Mixtroz, [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. George C. Hill, Ph.D.

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr George C Hill Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Past Vice Chancellor, Vanderbilt University In his last four decades in academia, George C. Hill, Ph.D. devoted his career to encouraging diversity, inclusion and equity in the biomedical workforce and beyond. For these efforts he received the Herbert Nickens Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges in November 2017 which is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions nationally to promoting justice in medical care. His career efforts made a demonstrable different at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College from where he was recruited to serve as Vanderbilt’s first associate dean [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Lagra Newman

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Lagra Newman Lagra Newman is the Founder and Head of School of Purpose Preparatory Academy, a high performing elementary school in Nashville, TN. Purpose Prep, a public, non-selective charter school, educates children predominately within the North Nashville community and focuses on strong literacy acquisition. In 2017, Purpose Prep earned Reward status for being among the top 5% of schools in the state of Tennessee for academic performance. A staunch advocate for undeserved communities, Ms. Newman is deeply committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality education. Lagra began her career as an inner-city teacher for Teach for America where she taught fifth grade [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Adonis Lenzy

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Adonis Lenzy Adonis Lenzy is a author, speaker, and minister who enjoys speaking to people from all walks and stages of life, inspiring them to live the life they have imagined by going after their dreams. He has served in the ministry for over 20 years as an associate pastor and has devoted his life to building and strengthening the local Church. He has developed a unique style of communicating in creative, illustrative and humorous ways to his audiences. With ingenuity he crosses all ethnic, denominational and cultural barriers. Whether speaking at conferences, organizations, churches, or to your staff, his message will no doubt inspire, [...]